Ham and Ranch Salad Recipe

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Want to use that leftover ham or just try something different with your ham? Make this no-fail Ham and Ranch Salad. There are only five ingredients, and you can use canned ham or non-canned ham…whatever suits your fancy.

This ham and ranch salad recipe is delish!

What are the Ingredients to Ham Salad?

The ingredients included in Ham and Ranch Salad are:

  • Diced Canned Ham
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dry Ranch Mix
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Sweet Relish

Some folks like to add other ingredients, such as:

  • Mustard
  • Chopped Pickles
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Jalapenos

You can put anything that you want into your ham salad. My mom used to add pecans and diced sweet apples. But, you can make your ham salad your own way!

How to Assemble Your Ham Salad

Put the diced ham in a large bowl, add the mayonnaise and dry ranch mix and stir until combined. Add the cheddar cheese and sweet relish, then stir and serve. That’s all there is to it…simplicity at it’s finest!

What is Deli Ham Salad Made of?

That would depend on the deli. Some deli’s use cooked ham that has been ground, others use diced ham (just like homemade ham salad). The other ingredients may include mayonnaise, salt, pepper, sweet relish, diced pickles, onion, cheese, and other items.

What is the Meaning of Ham Salad?

Ham salad is a mixture of ingredients where the main ingredient is ham. You may be familiar with other edible salads which are made in basically the same way as ham salad. Some of those other salads are:

  • Potato Salad
  • Egg Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Pea Salad
  • Tuna Salad
  • Chicken Salad

All of these salads include the main ingredient that is mentioned in the name and other chopped or diced veggies, cheese, spices, and an unlimited number of other additions.

How Long Does Ham Salad Last?

Ham salad can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 5 days. Of course, that could change, based on the freshness of the ingredients used in your ham salad.

Does Ham Salad Freeze Well?

Ham can be kept frozen after being placed in an airtight container, and should keep for about 3 months. However, ham salad, with all the other ingredients will probably not freeze and thaw very well.

What do You Serve with Ham Salad?

Ham salad can be served as an entrée, snack, or sandwich. Let’s say you’re serving it as an entrée, here are some suggestions to serve it with:

  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Garden Salad
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans
  • Turnip Greens
  • Corn (canned, frozen, or on the cob)
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Creamed Potatoes
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Fried Potatoes
  • Anything you can think of

If you’re going to serve your ham salad as a snack, spread, dip, or hors d’oeuvre, it can be served with:

  • Crackers
  • Triscuit
  • Celery Sticks
  • Bagels
  • Croissants
  • Lettuce Leaves (used as a wrap)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Wavy Chips
  • Sliced Olives

Say you’re going to serve your ham salad as a sandwich, here are some things to serve along with it:

  • Sourdough Bread
  • White Bread, toasted
  • Foccacia Bread
  • Ciabatta Bread
  • Croissants
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sliced Cheese (cheddar or provolone)
  • Sliced Pickles
  • Sliced Onions
  • Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Sliced Sweet Banana Peppers

What Can I Mix with Canned Ham?

Here are some things you can mix with canned ham:

  • Cheese (almost any kind)
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • Egg (boiled)
  • Fennel
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Green Beans
  • Waxy Salad Potatoes
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Pasta
  • Apple
  • Pecans
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard (dry or prepared)
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Capers
  • Scallion
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pickle Juice
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Celery Seed
  • Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Beans
  • Avocado, diced
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Fresh Garlic, minced
  • Buttermilk

Video of How to Make Ham Salad

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Ham and Ranch Salad
Yield: 4

Ham and Ranch Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp. (15ml.) Sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup (118ml.) Mayo
  • 1/2 cup (110g.) Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. (25g) Dry Ranch mix
  • 1 1/2 cups (330g) Diced Ham


  1. In a Large Bowl add in the diced ham.
  2. Add Mayo and Dry Ranch mix.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add in Shredded Cheese.
  5. Add Tablespoon of relish, mix until combined.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 612mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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